The Hungry Tide

The Hungry Tide


Amitav Ghosh

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Lord Canning Character Analysis

Lord Canning was the English lord responsible for planning and building Port Canning on the Matla River. He conceived of it as a port city to rival Singapore and Hong Kong and chose not to listen to Henry Piddington, who warned against cyclones and insisted the city would be flooded within fifteen years of its construction.
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Lord Canning Character Timeline in The Hungry Tide

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...As an example, he tells the story of Canning, the city on the Matla River. Lord Canning decided that Bengal needed a new port city, and his planners decided on the banks... (full context)